The Scandinavian country's security service said today that an Iranian intelligence service is suspected in an attempted "political assassination" against three Iranians living in Denmark.
A Norwegian citizen of Iranian descent was arrested October 21 on suspicion of helping an unspecified Iranian intelligence service "to act in Denmark" and of alleged involvement in the assassination plot, Danish security service chief Finn Borch Andersen said.
They're accusing Denmark's intelligence agency PET of a disinformation campaign that aims to harm Iran's reputation.
The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, congratulated Denmark on arresting "an Iranian regime assassin".
"A Norwegian citizen of Iranian background has been arrested", he added, quoted by Swedish media.
Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said that he had recalled Denmark's ambassador to Tehran for consultations.
He said such a claim is in line with the enemies' plots and conspiracies against the good and ever growing Iran-Europe relations under present grave and special conditions.
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During the conference, Samuelsen also said evidence presented to him by Danish intelligence leaves "no doubt" Iran's government was behind the plan, and said that behavior by Iranian intelligence was not restricted to Denmark, causing alarm across several European nations. Apart from the move, the minister stated that the Danish side would push for more EU-wide sanctions against Iran. It has condemned the attack and said it was not involved.
Meanwhile, the British government has also expressed deep concern over recent reports of Iranian assassination attempts overseas.
Commenting on the situation, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen stated that the country would respond to alleged Iranian attack.
The so-called Islamic State group and a separatist Arab group claimed responsibility, and Iran staged several operations in Iraq and Syria in response.
A massive police operation in eastern Denmark last month was part of attempts to thwart an Iranian intelligence plot to kill an opposition activist, the country's intelligence agency boss said Tuesday.
In Oslo, where he was participating in a meeting of Northern European leaders, Rasmussen met with British counterpart Theresa May, whom he said expressed "support" for Denmark in the matter.
During the televised press conference, the head of the intelligence service also noted that Iran earlier had been active against opposition groups overseas. The situation has set off a diplomatic crisis between Denmark and Iran.
"For almost 40 years, Europe has been the target of #Iran-sponsored terrorist attacks. We call on our allies and partners to confront the full range of Iran's threats to peace and security", he wrote on Twitter.
The announcement came after French authorities blamed Iran's intelligence services for a plot to bomb a rally of Iranian opposition groups in Paris in June.